Dr. Jörg Süling


Research Division 3: Marine Ecology

Experimental Ecology

Phone: +49-431 600 4454
E-Mail: jsueling(at)geomar.de

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Wischhofstr. 1-3
D-24148 Kiel

Personal Information

  • Born in: Hamburg
  • Citizenship: German


  • 1993 Dr. rer. nat., University Bonn (Medical Microbiology and Genetics)
  • 1987 Diploma-thesis at University Hamburg (Biochemistry)
  • 1978-1987 Chemistry at University Hamburg

Institutional duties and responsibilities

  • Since June 2021: Young Talents Support - Doctoral researchers (GEOMAR Promotion of young talent & personnel development / CAU Foster Young Ocean Researcher Development (FYORD))
  • Since Oct. 2020: Data bank mangement (FB3-EOE-B)
  • Since Jan. 2014: Research Division 3 - Marine Ecology - Coordinator and Student advisor M.Sc. Biological Oceanography M. Sc. Biological Oceanography
  • November 2018 to September 2020: Nagoya Protocol Compliance Advisor
  • June 2016 to March 2020: Curator GEOMAR Biobank
  • 2011 - Dec. 2013: Directorate: Science coordination - Junior Scientist Support
  • 2009 to 2020: Authorised person for biological safety (BBS) of all genetic facilities at GEOMAR.
  • Project management CalMarO
  • 2001-2005 Principle investigator DFG Forschergruppe 451 " Impact of Gateways on Ocean Circulation, Climate, and Evolution", subproject "Influence of ocean gateways on the evolution of marine species: A molecular genetic approach"
  • 1993-2011 Research scientist at GEOMAR (Research unit: Marine Microbiology)
  • 1993 to today: Scientist at IfM (Institut für Meereskunde at Kiel University (1993 to 2004), IfM-GEOMAR (2004 to 2012) Research Unit Marine Microbiology and GEOMAR Research Division Marine Ecology (2012 to today).


  • 2019 RV ALKOR 528 (chief scientist): ecological role of gelatinous plankton in the Baltic Sea food webs and alongside the salinity gradient (student training cruise)
  • 2014 RV Alkor 444/2 (chief scientist): micro- and macrobenthos (student training cruise)
  • 2006/7 RV Meteor, 71/2, small and large scale variability of deep sea benthos in the abyssal of the Levantine basin (Eastern Mediterranean, LEVAR)
  • 2005 RV Meteor, 64/1, Diversity of bacterial communities and energy transfer in hot vents and cold seeps of “turtle pits” hydrothermal field at 4°48 S, midatlantik ridge (MAR)
  • 2004 RV Meteor, 60/3, Bacterial diversity and energy transfer in hot vents and cold seeps of the Logatchev hydrothermal field (14°45 N), midatlantik ridge (MAR)
  • 2002 RV Alkor, AL_203, Distribution and activity of bacterial communities in tidal waters of the Elbe estuary
  • 2001 RV Sonne, SO-155, South Shetland Islands / Bransfield Strait, Antarctica, Volcanism, Hydrothermal Processes and Faunal Communities at Shallow Submarine Volcanoes, Bransfield Back-Arc, Antarctica
  • 2000 RV Alkor, AL_156, Changing of Bacterial populations in upper sediment layers connected to blooms in the euphotic zone
  • 1999 RV Meteor, M-44/4, Diversity and Abundances of Bacteria in the Oligotrophic Eastern Mediterranean Sea
  • 1998 RV Heincke, H-114, Sulfur cycle and material transport in oxic and anoxic sediments of the Baltic Sea (Baltic Sea System Study (BASYS))
  • 1998 RV Alkor, AL-89, survey of the bacterial population within the water column and sediment in the Gotland-Basin
  • 1997/8 RV Meteor, M-40/3, Abundance, Activity and Diversity of Bacteria in the Extreme Oligotrophic Eastern Mediterranean
  • 1997 RV Aranda, Bacterial Diversity of Basins in the northern Baltic Sea
  • 1996 RV Suroi, HBS-Test cruise, Toulon - Palinouro Seamount - Urania Basin - Toulon


  1. Schmidt, N. und Süling, J., eds. and GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (2014) Research Agenda 2025 : From the deep sea to the atmosphere. Open Access . , Kiel, 29 pp.
  2. Blümel, M.Süling, J. und Imhoff, J. F.  (2009) Prokaryotic communities in the Eastern Mediterranean deep sea. [Poster] In: VAAM Jahrestagung. , 08.-11.03, Bochum .
  3. Kumar, P. A.Srinivas, T. N. R.Sasikala, C.Ramana, C. V.Süling, J. und Imhoff, J. F.  (2009) Prosthecochloris indica sp. nov., a novel green sulfur bacterium from a marine aquaculture pond, Kakinada, India. Open Access Journal of General and Applied Microbiology, 55 . pp. 163-169. DOI 10.2323/jgam.55.163.
  4. Süling, J.Schmaljohann, R.Weitzel, B.Drews, M. und Imhoff, J. F.  (2009) Hydrothermal sediments of the Bransfield Strait (Antactica): Genetic diversity of microbial communities and anaerobic methane oxidation. [Poster] In: VAAM Jahrestagung. , 08.-11.03, Bochum .
  5. Yutin, N.Rosenberg, M.Rotem, D.Suzuki, M. T.Madigan, M. T.Süling, J.Imhoff, J. F. Beja, O.Zohary, T.Eckert, W. und Yacobi, Y. Z. (2009) Bch-Y-based degenerate primers target all types of anoxygenic photosynthetic bacteria in a single PCR reaction. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 75 . pp. 7556-7559. DOI 10.1128/AEM.01014-09.
  6. Anil Kumar, P.Srinivas, T. N. R.Sasikala, C.Ramana, C. V.Süling, J. und Imhoff, J. F.  (2007) Selective enrichment of Green Sulfur Bacteria in the presence of 4- Amino benzenesulfonate (Sulfanilate). World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology, 23 (3). pp. 393-399. DOI 10.1007/s11274-006-9237-y.
  7. Blümel, M.Süling, J. und Imhoff, J. F.  (2007) Depth-specific distribution of Bacteroidetes in the oligotrophic Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 46 (3). pp. 209-224. DOI 10.3354/ame046209.
  8. Haase, K. M.Petersen, S. Koschinsky, A.Seifert, R.Devey, C. W. Keir, R.Lackschewitz, K.Melchert, B.Perner, M. Schmale, O.Süling, J.Dubilier, N.Zielinski, F. und Fretzdorff, S. (2007) Young volcanism and related hydrothermal activity at 5°S on the slow-spreading southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Open Access Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 8 (Q11002). DOI 10.1029/2006GC001509.
  9. Neulinger, S.Sahling, H.Süling, J. und Imhoff, J. F.  (2006) Presence of two phylogenetically distinct groups in the deep sea mussel Acharax (Mollusca, Bivalvia, Solemyidae). Open Access Marine Ecology Progress Series, 312 . pp. 161-168. DOI 10.3354/meps312161.
  10. Ramana, C. V.Sasikala, C.Arunasri, K.Anil Kumar, P.Srinivas, T. N. V.Shivaji, S.Gupta, P.Süling, J. und Imhoff, J. F.  (2006) Rubrivivax benzoatilyticus sp.nov., an aromatic hydrocarbon-degrading purple betaproteobacterium. Open Access International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, 56 . pp. 2157-2164. DOI 10.1099/ijs.0.64209-0.
  11. Srinivas, T. N. R.Anil Kumar, P.Sasikala, C.Ramana, C. V.Süling, J. und Imhoff, J. F.  (2006) Rhodovulum marinum sp. nov., a novel phototrophic purple non-sulfur alphaproteobacterium from marine tides of Visakhapatnam, India. Open Access International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, 56 . pp. 1651-1656. DOI 10.1099/ijs.0.64005-0.
  12. Tank, M.Walter, S.Süling, J. und Imhoff, J. F.  (2006) Denitrification in marine habitats. [Poster] In: VAAM-Jahrestagung. , 19.03.-22.03, Jena .
  13. Arunasri, K.Sasikala, C.Ramana, V. C.Süling, J. und Imhoff, J. F.  (2005) Marichromatium indicum sp. nov., a new purple sulfur Gammaproteobacterium from mangroves of Goa, India. Open Access International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, 55 . pp. 673-679. DOI 10.1099/ijs.0.02892-0.
  14. Haase, K. M.Petersen, S. Perner, M. Schott, T. und Süling, J. and M64/1 Scientific Party (2005) Hydrothermal activity on the southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge: first results of the M64/1 cruise. [Vortrag] In: 83. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Mineralogischen Gesellschaft (DMG). , 18.09.-21.09.2005, Aachen .
  15. Haase, K. M.Petersen, S. Perner, M. Schott, T. und Süling, J. and M64/1 Scientific Party (2005) Hydrothermal venting and volcanism on the southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge. [Vortrag] In: AGU Fall Meeting 2005. , 05.-09.12.2005, San Francisco, USA .
  16. Imhoff, J. F. Hiraishi, A. und Süling, J. (2005) Anoxygenic phototrophic purple bacteria. In: Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology: Introductory Essays. ; 2,A , ed. by Brenner, D. J.Krieg, N. R. und Staley, J. T.. Springer Science + Business Media, Inc., New York, pp. 119-132. 2 ISBN 978-0-387-24143-2
  17. Imhoff, J. F.  und Süling, J. (2005) Biology of phototrophic bacteria: microbiological research at IFM-GEOMAR. [Eingeladener Vortrag] In: DAAD Austauschprogramm. , 17.11, Hyderabad, Kukatpally, India .
  18. Caumette, P.Guyoneaud, R.Imhoff, J. F. Süling, J. und Gorlenko, V. (2004) Thiocapsa marina sp. nov., a new purple sulfur bacterium containing okenone isolated from several brackish and marine environments. Open Access International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, 54 (4). pp. 1031-1036. DOI 10.1099/ijs.0.02964-0.
  19. Kuhn, T.Ratmeyer, V.Petersen, S. Hekinian, R.Koschinsky, A.Seifert, R.Borowski, C.Imhoff, J. F. Türkay, M.Herzig, P.Alexander, B.Augustin, N. Birgel, D.de Carvalho, L. M.Engemann, G.Ertl, S.Franz, L.Grech, C.Jellinek, T.Klar, S.Küver, J.Kulescha, F.Lackschewitz, K.Renken, J.Ruhland, G.Scholten, J.Schreiber, K.Süling, J.Westernstöer, U. und Zielinski, F. (2004) The Logatchev hydrothermal field - revisited: new findings of the R/V Meteor cruise HYDROMAR I (M60/3). Open Access InterRidge News, 13 . pp. 1-4.
  20. Imhoff, J. F. Sahling, H.Süling, J. und Kath, T. (2003) 16S rDNA-based phylogeny of sulfur-oxidizing bacterial endosymbionts in marine bivalves from cold-seep habitats. Open Access Marine Ecology Progress Series, 249 . pp. 39-51. DOI 10.3354/meps249039.
  21. Bryantseva, I.Gorlenko, V. M.Kompantseva, E. I.Imhoff, J. F. Süling, J. und Mityushina, L. (1999) Thiorhodospira sibirica gen. nov., and sp. nov., a new alkaliphilic purple sulfur bacterium from a Siberian soda lake. Open Access International Journal of Systematic Bacteriology, 49 . pp. 697-703. DOI 10.1099/00207713-49-2-697.
  22. Guyoneaud, R.Süling, J.Petri, R.Matheron, R.Caumette, P.Pfennig, N. und Imhoff, J. F.  (1998) Taxonomic rearrangements of the genera Thiocapsa and Amoebobacter on the basis of 16S rDNA sequence analyses and description of Thiolamprovum gen. nov.. Open Access International Journal of Systematic Bacteriology, 48 (3). pp. 957-964. DOI 10.1099/00207713-48-3-957.
  23. Imhoff, J. F.  und Süling, J. (1998) Reclassification of species of the spiral-shaped phototrophic purple non-sulfur bacteria of the alpha-Proteobacteria: description of the new genera Phaeospirillum gen. nov., Rhodovibrio gen. nov., Rhodothalassium gen. nov. and Roseospira gen. nov. as well as transfer of Rhodospirillum fulvum to Phaeospirillum fulvum comb. nov., of Rhodospirillum molischianum to Phaeospirillum molischianum comb. nov., of Rhodospirillum salinarum to Rhodovibrio salexigens. Open AccessInternational Journal of Systematic Bacteriology, 48 (3). pp. 793-798. DOI 10.1099/00207713-48-3-793.
  24. Imhoff, J. F. Süling, J. und Petri, R. (1998) Phylogenetic relationships among the Chromatiaceae, their taxonomic reclassification and description of the new genera Allochromatium, Halochromatium, Isochromatium, Marichromatium, Thiococcus, Thiohalocapsa, and Thermochromatium. Open Access International Journal of Systematic Bacteriology, 48 (4). pp. 1129-1143. DOI 10.1099/00207713-48-4-1129.
  25. Caumette, P.Imhoff, J. F. Süling, J. und Matheron, R. (1997) Chromatium glycolicum sp. nov., a moderately halophilic purple sulfur bacterium that uses glycolate as substrate. Archives of Microbiology, 167 (1). pp. 11-18. DOI 10.1007/s002030050410.
  26. Pfennig, N.Lünsdorf, H.Süling, J. und Imhoff, J. F.  (1997) Rhodospira trueperi, gen. nov. and spec. nov., a new phototrophic Proteobacterium of the alpha group. Archives of Microbiology, 168 (1). pp. 39-45. DOI 10.1007/s002030050467.
  27. Imhoff, J. F.  und Süling, J. (1996) The phylogenetic relationship among Ectothiorhodospiraceae. A reevaluation of their taxonomy on the basis of 16S rDNA analyses. Systematic and Applied Microbiology (165). pp. 106-113. DOI 10.1007/s002030050304.
  28. Meyer, C.Bierbaum, G.Heidrich, C.Reis, M.Süling, J.Iglesias-Wind, M. I.Kempter, C.Molitor, E. und Sahl, H. G. (1995) Nucleotide sequence of the lantibiotic Pep5 biosynthetic gene cluster and functional analysis of PepP and PepC. Evidence for a role of PepC in thioether formation. Open Access European Journal of Biochemistry, 2 (232). pp. 478-489. DOI 10.1111/j.1432-1033.1995.478zzz.x.

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